It’s time for Marvel’s premiere comic that will be leading the way for all series to come, written by Mark Waid: All-New All-Different Avengers! Is it good?
All-New All Different Avengers #1 (Marvel Comics)
The new Avengers series has two stories to it, a main one and a backup tale. Let’s break it down and take a look at both here…
The Main Story
Building off many of the new series, the main story is about a few of the Avengers (and not-quite-yet Avengers) and what has been going on in the Marvel Universe as of late. As a first issue and start to this opening storyline, this is pretty good at laying the groundwork for what is to come. It’s slowly setting up the team (though barely anyone teams up) and uses/references elements from other books to build up this new world, which helps make this universe more connected. The only real problem with this story is that the entirety of the issue is pretty much just setup with little excitement. Also, one of the things that is referenced from a different book (I believe the new Dr. Doom. I haven’t read the new Iron Man series yet) may not mean much to people who haven’t read that certain title. If they haven’t read that comic, they may not know who the heck a certain individual is.
Otherwise, Mark Waid does a terrific job here on the writing. Everyone is characterized well and feels like who they should be. The dialogue is enjoyable to read; the references to other books are good and don’t rely on you knowing too much to understand anything in this comic (besides the one point mentioned). The whole thing is paced well and nothing feels like it goes too fast or too slow and the story is structured fairly well, so nothing is ever confusing to follow or to understand. The only weakness here is that the story is not particularly exciting right off the bat (barely any action) and it ends right before it really gets going. Hopefully the next issue addresses this and gets things moving more quickly.
Dammit, I wanted to buy more than one box of Girl Scout cookies!
Adam Kubert provides the art for the main story and his work is a vast improvement over Marvel’s Axis. His characters are drawn much better, his layouts are easy to read and flow well (a good example is the opening scene with the current Captain America rescuing people on a bridge), the small amount of action looks nice, there’s actual detail put into everything, and there are backgrounds most of the time in his panels.
You’re A Jerk
This tale is about Kamala Khan and the current Nova, Sam, meeting for the first time and teaming up to take down a monster that wandered in Kamala’s neighborhood. There’s not a whole lot of story going on here, but it’s an entertaining little romp as the two characters argue and also try to secretly impress each another while trying to save the day. There’s a lot of good humor here in their awkwardness and banter, though it can be annoying for some since their frustration with each other is constantly brought on by misunderstandings and not trying to explain things.
Mahmud Asrar provides the artwork for this mini-story and he does a terrific job, even better than Kubert in my personal opinion. His layouts are not as smooth as Kubert’s work, but they are still put together well and lets the action look pretty good, if a bit static at times admittedly. The characters are drawn very well and Asrar is really capable of bringing out the mannerisms and personality of the heroes in how they talk or in their body language. You can easily look at any panel with a character and tell how they are feeling in one glance, especially towards the end when Ms. Marvel and Nova are simply talking with one another. Probably the only thing worth nitpicking is Asrar’s overemphasis on Kamala’s lips at one point, making them look very puffy and out of place in comparison to the rest of her in the story.
People are going to totally start shipping these two together now, aren’t they?
Is It Good?
All-New All-Different Avengers #1 is a great start and probably the best new Avengers series introduced so far. Mark Waid does a terrific job bringing each of these characters to life and getting their personality down perfectly, connects to other stories in the Marvel Universe to his own without it being intrusive, and brings in some good artists to work on the book. While maybe not the most exciting or energetic way to start a superhero team book, I’m more than interested in seeing what this creative team has up their sleeves.